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Kansas State Climatologist Mary Knapp offers this weekly series of short programs on weather phenomena and recent meteorological events in Kansas.
 
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K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back 40 years to a devastating tornado storm system.

- 9/1/2015
Kansas has a reputation of being a magnet for tornadoes, but other states have it worse, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.    

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says a devastating tornado 60 years ago led to the creation of weather warning systems in use today.

- 8/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says that each year there is a way to help Kansans prepare for weather emergencies.

- 8/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how astronomy determines the true end of summer. 

- 8/24/2015
Earthquakes can happen at any time and during any weather, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 8/17/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains what meteorologists mean when they refer to a radar image as a bow echo.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says cricket sounds can be used to estimate temperature.

- 8/17/2015
Setting up a home weather station doesn’t have to be expensive, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.                                   

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains that thermometer types and their locations can account for varying temperature readings.

Nearly two-hundred years ago a volcano created conditions that left much of the world without a typical summer, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 8/7/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells how the phrase “once in a blue moon” came to be. 

- 8/3/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp tells how dust storms can combine with thunderstorms.

- 8/3/2015
Sometimes confusing terms for wind direction are explained by K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 8/3/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp defines the differences between different ways of measuring wind speed.

- 7/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp lists the primary components that comprise the air we breathe.

- 7/24/2015
What are the differences between fog, mist and haze? K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains.

- 7/24/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp offers tips on how to view this annual astronomical phenomenon.

- 7/17/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the confusing concept of dew point.

Lots of factors can affect humidity levels, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 7/17/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp warns of the dangers of severe weather.

K-State climatologist Mary Knapp says July 1961 saw widespread damage due to severe weather. 

- 7/10/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at record rainfall that led to severe flooding in northeast Kansas.

- 7/10/2015
It has been about 80 years since the hottest July in Kansas history, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 7/7/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp compares recent heavy rainfall in Kansas to that of 22 years ago.

- 7/7/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how weather can quickly change

- 7/7/2015
Astronomic observations led to an expression commonly used to describe hot summer days, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp answers a listener question about heat lightning.

- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains the phenomenon known as St. Elmo’s Fire, which sailors have observed for centuries.

- 6/26/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp gives a brief history of the development of the UV Index, which tracks the amount of ultraviolet, or UV radiation, from day to day.

There are differing opinions as to how the moon affects weather, says K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 6/19/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp gives a brief history of the development of weather charts.

- 6/19/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks at how some familiar weather phrases came into being. 

- 6/8/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp points out that wind plays a major role in defining the difference between monsoons and other storms.

- 6/8/2015
When water vapor condenses into water, it collects on a solid surface, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.

- 6/8/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp looks back at a devastating storm that took place in northeast Kansas nearly 50 years ago.

- 6/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how both standard and automatic gauges are used by different groups to measure rain totals.

Atmospheric pressure can be measured by two different methods, according to K-State climatologist Mary Knapp.              

- 6/1/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp reveals how tropical storms get their names.
 

- 5/22/2015
K-State climatologist Mary Knapp explains how the start of the season can have different meanings, depending upon perspective.

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